Sensory Descriptions & Stories – The Key to Improving Your Hypnosis
Improving your hypnosis will hopefully always be a goal of yours as you by nature should always want to be better at what you do. As you use your various inductions in Conversational Hypnosis you will get better and better at them, but there are other ways to make your inductions more hypnotically compelling as well as more interesting.
One of these techniques is to include sensory rich descriptions and stories to your inductions. Now you have already been introduced to this in the art of asking deep meaningful questions that compel you’re subject to dive further and further into the experience you are asking about.
This is similar in the way that you are asking a question to get the person thinking about a certain thing, when you do this you are actually getting them to recreate that experience within them. The same happens when you use sensory rich descriptions and stories. At some level you are requesting that they access a similar state and really get into it to access those experiences.
For instance if you ask someone about a movie they watched, at some level in the mind they re-access the altered state of mind they were in while they were watching the movie. This is an unconscious process that happens every time you are presented with a sensory rich description, asked to recall and event or told a story; it is simply just the manner in which the mind works.
Because the mind works this way you as a hypnotist can use it to your advantage in your inductions. The easiest way to do this is to simply describe some kind of scene to your subject. This can be a sensory description of anything from a vacation on the beach, meditation, a walk they took in nature or something as simple as driving their car. Any experience that for them produced a hypnotic effect and these are many.
Stories are going to be the way you carry these sensory descriptions to your listeners. By using a story you are sending them the experience with sensory descriptions, those that apply to the senses, in a form that they cannot disagree with.
If you tell a story of your relaxing vacation at the beach they cannot argue that it is not true because it is your own experience. However that description will get the unconscious mind to recall times when they felt the same way and allow access to those experiences sub-consciously.
As you tell your story you will use many sensory rich descriptions that will evoke in them the same feelings that would go along with their experiences. Those descriptions will also come into the person as suggestions as to how they should feel. Remember your goal is to create an experience through the descriptions you are giving, go give good descriptions.
As you do this you will want to continually compare what you are doing to the 4 Stage Protocol to ensure you are matching up to the protocol to induce a trance. As long as you are keeping within the context of the 4 Stage Protocol and describing a scene that your subject can relate to on a trance level, a time they experienced some sort of trance, you will have the start to altering their state of mind.
The descriptions and stories you tell need to be responsible for getting past the critical factor by putting critical thinking, conscious thinking, out of commission. If you stick to the natural unconscious process you will get their unconscious involved automatically becoming more attractive to the unconscious and less to the conscious.
Two sensory description techniques that will help you in this area are the ability to directly describe and experience and sharing your own experiences. To directly describe an experience is to simply use your sensory rich words to describe the process and feelings of going into a trance.
You can use any trance experience whether it be the way it feels in a formal induction or the way you feel when reading a good book. It doesn’t matter as long as you include feeling, seeing and hearing to bring the experience to life.
The second way to improve your inductions is to share your experiences. You can tell any story you like, and as you use your words to describe it entailing all the senses it will become a real experience for your listener.
You can also do this by using likes and dislikes, these will usually be universal likes and dislikes that you listener will be able to relate to. If you describe a scene of serenity and calm and tell how much you liked it and enjoyed it, this is something your listener will be able to envision themselves enjoying as well.
These two tips will help you to really envelope your listeners into the experience you want them to have. In doing that you are absorbing their attention and bypassing the critical factor because you have gotten their attention with a story and you have made it unarguably true because it is your story.
The unconscious response comes in that you are successfully inducing a trance and eventually you will be able to lead that trance to an action. This is a successful induction by way of learning and practicing two simple steps that you probably already use in your day to day life.
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